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Instant Messaging Use Expected to Triple in Five Years

Texting, tweeting, photo sharing and status updating on mobile phones are nothing new these days, and new research has found that the number of mobile IM (instant Messaging) users will increase by over 1.3 billion by 2016.

Not so long ago everyone was talking in txt lang8g cus it ws cheapr 2 shortn wrdz 4 1 txt. But now thanks to cheaper messaging packages, full QWERTY keyboards and Instant Messenger (IM) we can flourish with the English language to our heart’s content.

A report by Juniper Research predicts that by 2016 more than 1.3 billion people will be using IM. This figure triples the number of people using a messaging service since last year.

Messaging applications such as Apple’s iMessage and the popular BlackBerry Messenger have got smartphone users tapping away on touch screens and QWERTY keys nonstop over the last 12 months.

Seeing how instant messaging on phones has taken off, other initiative has been launched with Skype, Yahoo!, AOL and Microsoft all offering some kind of messenger service for phones.

With this revolutionary way of communication – convincing all of us that it’s free – there has been a surge in mobile instant messaging.

A combination of low cost data packages and high speed mobile networks has got us all hooked on messaging.  Some IM services are ad funded, but only the cost of the data being used by the consumer is charged.

But it is unlikely that SMS text messages will be overshadowed completely.

“SMS has one distinct advantage over ‘over-the-top’ services: its ubiquity. With an SMS I know I can reach almost any handset in the world, if I have its number,” commented Daniel Ashdown, author of the Mobile Messaging Markets Report.

“While IM services have some advantages, such as real-time communication and apparent absence of cost, the market is fragmented by different services which cannot communicate with each other.”

The report also found that premium rate SMS and MMS rates will decline because of other forms of billing and delivery: good news for consumers then!

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